MARPOL 73/78 ELECTRONIC RECORD BOOKS

Published: October 19, 2020

The US Coast Guard have advised that on 1 October 2020, amendments to MARPOL 73/78 entered into force permitting vessels to electronically record discharges, transfers and other reportable operations required under Annexes I, II, V and VI in Electronic Record Books (ERB).

Coast Guard Port State Control Officers (PSCO) and Marine Inspectors will begin examining ERBs in a similar manner as written record books, and ships should be prepared to provide the PSCO with written confirmation from their Flag Administration that the electronic system meets the criteria provided in IMO Resolution MEPC.312(74) .

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